What is "enlightenment," really? When Darwin and Jefferson and the capitalists and the conquerors and the colonizers decided that their "whiteness" was a sign of supremacy. Enlighten me, then...if natives and enslaved people resisted and ran and retreated from your violence, from your torture, from your unnatural laws, how did you enlighten? You didn't! Your enlightenment was for white people, and the scar it left on humanity is still festering. A wound that you caused centuries ago. To think it bent and stretched and twisted at your convenience. Eradication. Colonization. Discrimination. This wound stretched through American history. American immigration. American medicine. American education. Our bodies. Our environment. Our minds. You pretended at every step of the way that you were "saving." That you were "enlightening." And now, there is no place in America that your so-called enlightened legacy does not touch.